SWW Extended Class Descriptions 2017-2018

All SWW extended class students are required to do:

  • 5 Journals a week

  • Bi-weekly conferences

  • Decision making

  • Circle of Power and Respect

  • Read 40 articles

  • Bi-weekly writing groups

  • Participate in All School Read

  • One research project

  • One book per year related to extended class topic

  • Resume

  • Personal Reflection Essay

The World of Medicine: Disease, Injury and Treatment
Teacher: Dan Sullivan
Credit: 1.5 elective and 0.5 physical education
How do infectious and genetic diseases attack the body? How does the body respond to these conditions? What happens when injuries occur, such as broken bones and heart attacks? What happens when the human body actually dies? We will explore the world of medicine, how many of these conditions play out, and how medical treatments can correct and perhaps cure these conditions. We will also examine what it takes to become a nurse, doctor, dentist, mental health professional, and much more. Be prepared to perform exciting laboratory investigations, discover how X-ray/MRI/CAT technologies work, and take field trips to examine the field of medicine and medical technology.

Black Lives Matter
Teacher: Windsor Asamoah-Wade
Credits offered: 1.5 elective and 0.5 physical education
Black Lives Matter is an activist movement which began as a hashtag (#BlackLivesMatter) after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African-American teenager in Florida in July 2013. The movement became more widely known and popularized after two high-profile deaths in 2014 of unarmed African-American men (Eric Gardner in Staten Island, NY and Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO) at the hands of police officers who were ultimately not indicted. Since August 2014, ongoing local and national protests and other actions-often sparked by the deaths of other unarmed African Americans-have brought the movement to the public consciousness and conversation. Black Lives Matter which originated as hashtag on Twitter and social media, has since evolved into a “movement”.
This class will explore the historical events that happened in the 20th century that led to the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States and the creation of the”post racial” myth. We explore through spoken word, readings, films, listening to the views of the “young lions” such as Trevor Noah and Jessica Williams the HOW, WHAT and WHY of the creation of this movement by the millennium generation.

Babies and Kids
Teacher: Mary Mon
Credits offered: 1.5 elective and 0.5 physical education
In “Babies and Kids” we will be focusing our studies on child development. Students will build a positive understanding of children’s growth and development and a solid foundation of parenting skills. Students will learn theories of development and growth as well as techniques to use when working with children through class activities, presentations, discussion, videos, guest speakers and field trips. The major topics will include pregnancy, teen pregnancy, prenatal care, birth and delivery, infancy and toddlerhood, general parenting skills, and child abuse. This will be a great class for anyone interested in being a teacher, daycare provider, nurse, doctor or parent. It also is a great foundation for students interested in psychology, sociology and human development.

It Takes a Revolution
Teacher: Walter Jahnke
Credit: 1.5 elective and 0.5 physical education
Are we entering a time of revolution? Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump-- what do they share in common? Fracking, Solar Power, wind power-- what do they share? Will there be a revolution from climate change? GMOs, genetically modified, food and flowers we admire each day what do they share? Black Lives Matter and protests for and against immigrants what do they share? The world has experienced multiple revolutions from popular uprisings, governments, agriculture, food, religion, immigration? How and why do wars start and how do they affect people and governments? The French Revolution, the 1960s were a time of revolution, the Women’s Movement, the Black Panthers, the Weather Underground, the Green Revolution, the food revolutions of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. What are the historical basis of revolution? How has the past influenced the present? We will explore revolutions of past and present, and what are the causes and the results of revolutions? We will start each day with 15 minutes of yoga.

Culture Club Dance, Music and More
Teacher: Mary McGohan
Credits offered:1.5 elective and 0.5 physical education
Have you ever wanted to take a dance class? Enjoy listening and analyzing music? Wonder the history behind where we are now in terms of performing arts? In Culture Club Dance,Music, and More we will explore a variety of dance styles, listen to music of all genres, and learn about careers associated within the fields of the performing arts. We will learn through class activities, discussions, field trips, guest speakers, and movies. This class is great for anyone that has ever wanted to learn dance basics, loves music, wants to explore careers associated with dance, music, and acting fields.

Young Authors
Teacher: Mariana
Credits offered: 1.5 elective and 0.5 physical education
Have you ever read a book and thought, “I could do that better,” or “I wish I had come up with that idea?” Or maybe you have been dying to try your hand at poetry, play writing or begin your first novel. If so, this is the class for you. You will read best-selling young adult books, write your own short stories, learn how to write and SLAM poetry, and then decide as a class where to go from there (classic literature, books as film, mythology, the sky is the limit). You will participate in SWW SLAM at the end of the year, Triad, PE, decision-making, and The Rochester Broadway Theater (attendance at 2 plays is mandatory).

Fashion and Beauty
Teacher: Erica Favaloro
Credits offered: 2.0 elective
Throughout history, fashion has greatly influenced the “ fabric “ of societies all over the world.
Mark Twain once wrote “ clothes make the man.” Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and can be fleeting, but fashion never gets old. Let’s learn how fashion and beauty change from one part of the
world to another. We will study different time periods, and the different styles of dress associated with those time periods. Projects will include sketching your own designs, as well as researching famous design houses. We will also learn about what it takes to be a model, as well as a fashion designer.

Crime and Punishment
Teacher: Gil Rosa
Credits offered: 1.5 elective and .5 physical education
Many of our ideas of crime and punishment either come from media or our environment. What if you found out that many of the ways we look at the criminal justice system are not accurate? In pursuit of the American Dream, many criminals and/or law enforcement agents blur the lines of what is right and wrong. This class will focus on the role drugs, organized crime and the criminal justice system play in Rochester and across America. After studying various aspects of the criminal justice system, we will visit a prison, meet with several different law enforcement agencies and view several trials.

Teacher: Mike Montesano
Credits offered: 1.5 elective and .5 physical education
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to run your own business? Have you ever asked the question, how are businesses run and operated? Do you have a hobby that you think can turn into a successful business? These are questions that we will look into within our business/entrepreneurship extended class. We look at business plans, business models, sales, advertising, the importance of social media for your business, legality, start-up costs, and all the aspects that it will take to run your own business. We will go on field trips to businesses locally and see several kinds of businesses and what they do and how they are operated. We will also have guest speakers come in and give their insight on what it is like to own their own business.

Serial Killers
Teacher: Aylin Rivera
Credits offered: 1.5 elective and .5 physical education
Many of the most terrifying acts of violence are committed by serial killers. Those who have been captured appeared to have normal lives. Many were attractive, accomplished contributing members of the community, until their brutalities were discovered. Always looking for the next victim, murderers continue killing because they are never satisfied by their bloody deeds. Their demented motivations and bizarre techniques, land serial killers among the most frightening criminals in history. This course will explore the biological, cultural, psychological, and sociological makeups of a serial killer as an explanation for constructing possible motivations for serial murder. The process for diagnosing and the treatment for serial murderers will also be examined. Lastly, the tracking and capture of individuals who kill in serial fashion will be discussed. These killers present a special challenge within the criminal justice system and forensic science field because above all, a serial killer is by definition a successful murderer. In conjunction with Gil’s Extended class, we will visit a prison, meet with several different law enforcement agencies and view several trials.

Teacher: Adrienne LaLiberty
Credits offered: 1.5 elective and .5 physical education
Although the concept of "doing it yourself" is not new, the "DIY" culture has exploded with the development of social media. With sites like Pinterest and YouTube, DIY has become accessible to everyone by multi-step tuto have made DIY accessible to everyone. Throughout this course, we will investigate the DIY culture--what it means and how it became to be. Also, we will thoroughly determine whether DIY is cost effective and realistic: Is DIY the best route or should I hire/call an expert? Additionally, we will also be putting DIY into action with projects that are guided by a mix of student choice and feasibility.

IMAGE MAKERS (Graphic Design & Photography)
Teacher: Elisa Bond
Credits offered: 2.0 elective
Graphic Design and Photography impact us everyday. We are constantly bombarded with and average of 300-700 marketing messages each day, most based on images. From the morning newspaper and cereal box to the nightly news and Facebook, each us participates in a sophisticated process of reading images. But who are the makers of these powerful images that compel us to buy, alter our beliefs and shape our opinions of self?
In Graphic Design & Photography we will look at the history of image making, the tools that people use to make and manipulate images and the ethics behind branding and selling.
The class will focus on graphic design (Adobe Photoshop), photography (cameras, photographic rules/techniques), and printing/display formats. Questions we will address are; “How do designers get ideas? “What makes a good photograph?” And “What digital tools are most used to design & create? ”Field trips will include the George Eastman House & Museum, Memorial Art Gallery, Visual Studies Workshop and local guest speakers working in graphic design, photojournalism and fine art photography. Students will create and keep a visual journal/sketchbook. A student portfolio of completed projects is required for credit.

Teacher: Ed Wilson
Credits Earned: 2.0 elective
Students will first have an introduction to the history of sports and competition from a historical perspective. We will investigate how sports originated in certain countries. We will also examine how athletes as well as ordinary people can benefit from participating in sports and conditioning. There will be an introduction to sports medicine. We will focus on how sports medicine helps athletes in the rehabilitation process, and how it could become a career. We will also examine how sports science can enhance training and physical fitness. Students will be required to start and keep a log of physical activities and exercise to improve health and wellness.

Food Loves Tech
Teacher: Deb Rowe-Jarrett
Credits offered: 1.5 elective and .5 physical education
Maybe the only thing people in the world obsess over more than technology is food.
Technology is changing the way food is produced and distributed by farmers and food producers while also transforming the way it's discovered and consumed by consumers. Meanwhile tech startups are bringing consumer-friendly technologies to many parts of the food chain. Traditionally, the food industry has been fragmented, with many farmers, brands of foods, consumer packaged goods, distributors and wholesalers, not to mention restaurants and retail stores. At the same time, there's been an increasing interest among consumers in organic, natural or local foods and more generally to know exactly where their food is coming from. Finally, food producers are also seeing new Internet-enabled technology tools to help them produce more efficiently and prosperously.
Topics to be covered in this Extended Class will include an introduction to: Farm-to-Table, Online Grocery Services, Organic Farming, Urban Gardens, Culinary Arts, Safety & Sanitation, Product Knowledge, Drones, and “Smart Farm” Systems. Everybody has a favorite food—but; do you know where it came from or how it got there?

Crime Scene Investigation (Forensics)
Teacher: Karen McCann
Credits offered: 1.5 elective and .5 physical education
This extended class will focus on learning the various aspects of Crime Scene Investigation! We will learn the basic services provided by crime laboratories, the functions of the forensic scientist, how they provide expert testimony, and how to approach a crime scene and collect evidence. We will learn how to collect and recognize fingerprints, how to examine blood spatter and evidence, compare hair and fiber collected to identify victims and perpetrators, compare type of firearms and analyze bullets and cartridges, drug and chemical analysis and learn how to determine time of death and possible causes of death as well as basic information on how autopsies are run! We will also investigate the Body Farm where they do experiments on the dead to help real life cases! Be ready to think, perform hands on activities and simulations and become like sherlock jones or your favorite csi of your choice! We will read or take excerpts books like STIFF:THE CURIOUS LIVES OF CADAVERS(real life) and THE BONE COLLECTOR.(Fiction). We will visit a morgue and possibly a forensics lab!

**Physical education credit within each extended class is subject to change.